Common Findings

Common Findings:

  • Damp Or Wet Foundations and Crawlspaces
  • Defective Plumbing Leaking Fixtures Drains or Traps
  • Air Conditioning/Heat Pump/Furnace in Need of Cleaning Repair or Adjustment
  • Structural Problems
  • Unsafe Electrical or Wiring Conditions
  • Damaged or Leaking Roofs
  • Improper Drainage and Soil Grading
  • Energy Efficiency Concerns
  • Doors or Windows Leaking Or Not Operating Correctly
  • Wood Rot Damage at Exterior Doors, Windows, Siding or Decks
  • Environmental Concerns
Damp Or Wet Foundations and Crawlspaces
  • Standing water or damp soil
  • Inoperable sump pump
  • Ineffective air venting systems
  • Cracks in walls and efflorescence (a white powdery mineral residue)
Defective Plumbing Leaking Fixtures Drains or Traps
  • Leaky faucets and fixtures
  • Water damage at walls floors and ceilings
  • Slow or clogged drains
  • Water pressure that is too low or too high
Air Conditioning/Heat Pump/Furnace in Need of Cleaning Repair or Adjustment
  • Dirty air filters
  • Incomplete combustion
  • Inadequate supply or discharge air volume
  • Inadequate temperature differential (indicates performance problem)
  • Dirty evaporator coils
Structural Problems
  • Foundation settling
  • Cracks in sidings, ceilings and walls
  • Slabs that have settled, heaved or deteriorated
  • Unsafe cracks or tripping hazards
  • Broken or damaged framing components
Unsafe Electrical or Wiring Conditions
  • Open or damaged wiring
  • Improperly sized wiring for circuit breakers
  • Poor wiring connections or reversed polarity
  • Double tapped circuit breakers
Damaged or Leaking Roofs
  • Missing damaged or worn shingles
  • Water damage at roof sheathing, insulation, walls or ceilings
  • Leaks at roof components and flashings
Improper Drainage and Soil Grading
  • Water trapped between planters or sidewalks and foundation
  • Clogged or damaged gutters and downspouts
  • Soil in contact with siding or soil improperly sloped toward foundation
Energy Efficiency Concerns
  • Inadequate, missing or damaged insulation
  • Improper attic ventilation
Doors or Windows Leaking Or Not Operating Correctly
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to operate
  • Damaged window sills, panes or other hardware
  • Missing screens and weather stripping
  • Inoperable or unsafe locking and latching mechanisms
Wood Rot Damage at Exterior Doors, Windows, Siding or Decks
  • Wood to soil contact
  • Rotting due to rain splash
  • Inadequate paint or stain protecting wood
  • Insect Infestations such as termites, carpenter bees and wood boring beetles
Environmental Concerns
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Asbestos

Lead-based paint and lead water pipes